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Gama goes coast-to-coast with Jet East acquisition
Stephen Maiden, who has extensive MRO experience, will lead the combined Gama Aviation Engineering and Jet East Aviation as CEO. He will head a leadership team comprised of executives from both organisations.
The expanded maintenance network could reduce downtime and increase aircraft availability.
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Gama Aviation has acquired Jet East Aviation. The combined business covers 65 high traffic US cities, offering a single source, coast-to-coast maintenance service for business aviation operators.

Jet East is a full-service business aviation aircraft maintenance provider with approximately 200 employees. It supplies a range of maintenance services at high traffic business aviation gateway airports that include, amongst others, the cities of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Cincinnati. Jet East's maintenance network is highly complementary to Gama's existing US operations with little service or geographic overlap.

The acquisition of Jet East has been transacted by Gama's wholly owned US subsidiary Gama Aviation Engineering.
The business will bring together two established and trusted maintenance networks with complementary geographic footprints and capabilities, enabling corporate flight departments, Part 91 and Part 135 operators to single source their AOG, line and heavy maintenance needs. In order to preserve the strong brand equity of both organisations, the combined entity is going to market as Jet East, a Gama Aviation company.

Stephen Maiden, who has extensive executive experience in the MRO industry and joined Jet East in March 2020, will lead the combined companies as CEO. He will head a leadership team comprised of executives from both organisations.

Under Maiden's direction, the business will focus on delivering one source for maintenance while introducing an expansive coverage area that will provide efficiencies in procurement and operations for customers. The newly formed team, with its deep skill set and coast-to-coast reach, will be in a unique position to support aircraft availability, through its: approximately 400 employees; more than 90 AOG technicians positioned across the country to support every region in the US; coverage of approximately 65 major, high business aviation traffic, cities across the US including a major presence in the valuable North East region; more than 10 line stations and heavy scheduled maintenance facilities; specialisation in composites, structural component repair, paint and non-destructive testing; nationwide parts and logistics business; paint and interior facility

Marwan Khalek, Gama Aviation Group CEO says: “We are really pleased to complete this acquisition. Over the last six years we have grown a substantial coast-to-coast maintenance operation serving some of business aviation's most highly respected brands. Through the integration of both company's strengths we are stepping-up our service levels, offering more locations, services and, most of all, convenience to our customers. Our ultimate goal is to work with all operators to gain an advantage by reducing downtime and increasing aircraft availability, and this deal is integral to our ability to achieve just that.”
Jet East chairman Francis John adds: “I am thrilled about today's announcement with Gama Aviation and the opportunities we will have as a combined entity. The synergies between the two organisations provide for a deeper level of service, an increased portfolio of capabilities and a more sophisticated network of team members to serve our customer base. Jet East and the Gama Aviation operation in the U.S. have unique histories built on hard work and determination. The successes of each entity are significant, and the combined workforce will yield an even stronger maintenance organisation as we join forces. I look forward to continuing to guide the combined leadership team in my role as executive chairman.”

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